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Lecture | Faculty Lecture

Karahantepe: A New Pre-Pottery Neolithic Site in Şanlıurfa, Turkey

Tuesday 26 March 2024
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Reuvens Hall (main hall Van Steenis)
The impressive architecture of Karahantepe


Discussions on sedentism, agriculture, and animal domestication have been current issues for over a century. The focus of most of the prehistoric studies in the Near East is on the subject defined as the Neolithization Process. Recent studies in Southeastern Anatolia have started to give detailed information about the beginning of this process. After the studies carried out in the Tigris Basin due to dam projects in the past decade, new studies in the Euphrates Basin with the Şanlıurfa Neolithic Research Project (Taş Tepeler), which started recently, reveal the diversity in the region well.

During this Faculty Lecture, Prof.dr. Necmi Karul will discuss this current data on the region and especially on the latest excavations in Karahantepe

About the speaker

Nemci Karul is Professor on the Department of Prehistory at Istanbul University since 2017. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Turkish Academy of Sciences Journal of Archaeology (TUBA-AR), as well as a member of Editorial Board of Colloquium Anatolicum and Studia Praehistorica, Journal of Turkish Institute of Prehistoric Sciences, and serves as the Archaeology Editor of Magma Magazine since 2014. He is also a member of the German Archaeological Institute, the Austrian Archaeological Institute, and a correspondent member of the Turkish Archaeological Institute and a member of the National Committee of ICOMOS Turkey. Karul served as the President of the Istanbul Branch of the Association of Archaeologists from 2007 to 2015.

Karul, who has taken part in prehistoric excavations and surveys in different parts of Anatolia since 1989, has been scientific advisor to the excavations of Bursa Aktopraklık Höyük since 2004 and Siirt Gusir Höyük excavations since 2010. Since 2016, Necmi Karul has been managing the Göbeklitepe and Karahantepe Research Project and is a coordinator of the Şanlıurfa Neolithic Research Project.

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